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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Messi and Ronaldo’s Teams have been Revealed, While the Former President has Reservations about Iran’s Involvement

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  • Argentina
  • Portugal

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps two of the greatest players in the history of the game, are both on Argentina’s and Portugal’s squads for the mega-event that will be held in Qatar. These teams were just a few days ago.

Argentina

Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di Maria are just a few important players confirmed to be on Argentina’s final squad of 26 players.

The defense of Lisandro Martinez, Cristian Romero, Juan Foyth, and Nicolas Otamendi should be quite strong, thanks to Emiliano Martinez, who will be playing between the pipes for them.

Portugal

On the other hand, Portugal has also presented a formidable squad, which includes notable players like Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Bruno Fernandes, and Joao Cancelo.

Renato Sanches, a player in the middle of the field, did not go to Qatar, but Pepe, a former defender for Real Madrid, went.

There is also drama circulating between FIFA and the Iranian Team.

With huge demonstrations in the Islamic Republic over the murder of a lady in the custody of morality police, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has reportedly said Iran should be banned from the World Cup. The comments were published in a Swiss newspaper on Friday. 

The Blick tabloid said, “Iran should be barred from the World Cup,” claiming that Blatter, at a discussion at the Blick publisher’s offices, had demanded severe repercussions and that, had he still been in control, he would have eliminated Iran from the competition. 

Blatter was quoted in the Blick newspaper as stating it was unfathomable that FIFA president Gianni Infantino had not taken a firm stance on Iran. Blatter, 86, caused a stir this week by claiming it was a mistake to give Qatar the World Cup in November.

Fifa seems to be taking interesting turns in the world media with first the trouble with Amnesty and immigrants’ rights. The event might be more entertaining than how it was intended.

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